Fully Believing The Rules Don’t Apply to Him, Mandel’s Personal Financial Disclosure More Than 100 Days Late
COLUMBUS, OHIO – In his latest example of taxpayer-funded self promotion, Ohio’s ethically-challenged Treasurer Josh Mandel has spent tens of thousands of dollars turning the State Treasurer’s website into a campaign-style site that allows taxpayers to search for the salaries of public employees. This new upgrade comes despite the fact that Josh Mandel is still refusing to file his Personal Financial Disclosure Report (PFD). Is there a more perfect example of Josh Mandel believing the rules don’t apply to him than this one?
On the heels of a new Associated Press report that says Mandel’s campaign “has been shaken by allegations of questionable campaign cash and ethical lapses – and a broken promise,” one has to wonder why our newly elected Treasurer would go out of his way to highlight his enormous hypocrisy.
But disclosing the salaries of those who work for you while refusing to reveal your own finances is consistent with how Josh Mandel is running his campaign which is currently under fire because of recent questionable contributions and a pending FEC complaint for campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime and his illegal use of state campaign resources for his federal campaign on his campaign website and email list.
Just last week a Cleveland Plain Dealer report showed that Mandel may have broken federal election laws yet again when he used state campaign money to pay for at least 10 out of state federal campaign trips during the opening weeks of his term as Treasurer.
Personal Financial Disclosure Reports for candidates are due within 30 days of becoming a candidate or by May 15th, whichever date is later. Mandel filed his campaign committee on April 6th, 2011 with the FEC, and as a result his PFD report was due May 15th, 2011.
“More than 100 days past due, Josh Mandel’s continued refusal to file his Personal Financial Disclosure report while eagerly disclosing the salaries of Ohio’s public employees is emblematic of Mandel’s arrogant belief that the rules don’t apply to him,” said Ohio Democratic Party Press Secretary Justin Barasky. “With Mandel under fire for questionable contributions, numerous FEC violations, and other ethically-challenged practices, it’s unbelievable that he refuses to put his Personal Financial Disclosure report behind him, and come clean with Ohio voters.”
Mandel’s Office Spent Over $58,000 To Redesign Treasurer’s Website And Allow Searching Of Public Employee Salaries. In August 2011, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported “Mandel’s site allows a curious taxpayer to search for salaries by name, department and salary range. For a given worker, the database returns wages in the most recent pay period, total pay for the year-to-date, and an estimated annual salary. Redesigning the website has cost $58,172, according to the treasurer’s office.” [Plain Dealer, 8/30/10]
Mandel Filed With FEC On April 6, 2011. According to the FEC, Josh Mandel filed paperwork for his Senate campaign with the FEC on April 6th, 2011. [FEC, 4/6/11]
Candidates Must File Within 30 Days Of Candidacy Or By May 15th, Whichever Is Later. According to the instructions for the Personal Financial Disclosure Reports, reports must be filed “Within 30 days after becoming a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Member of the United States Senate, or by May 15 of that calendar year, whichever is later, but at least 30 days before the election, and on or before May 15 of each succeeding year an individual continues to be a candidate.” [Senate PFD Instructions, Accessed 6/15/11]
Candidate Is Anyone Who Has Raised or Spent $5,000. According to the instructions for the Personal Financial Disclosure Reports, a candidate “is an individual: who seeks nomination for election, or election, to Federal office; and has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000, or has made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000; or the individual has given his or her consent to another to receive contributions or make expenditures on his or her behalf aggregating in excess of $5,000.” [Senate PFD Instructions, Accessed 6/15/11]
If Candidates File Over 30 Days Late Candidate Must Include $200 Penalty. According to the instructions for the Personal Financial Disclosure Reports “Any individual who is required to file this report and does so more than 30 days after the date the report is required to be filed, or, if an extension is granted, more than 30 days after the last day of the filing extension period shall be subject to a $200 penalty (fine). Such penalty must accompany the disclosure report when filed with the Secretary of the Senate and must be made payable for deposit in the U.S. Treasury.” [Senate PFD Instructions, Accessed 6/15/11]